Contextualising Idiomatic Gestures in Musical Interactions with NIMEs

Koray Tahiroglu, Michael Gurevich, Benjamin R Knapp

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This paper introduces various ways that idiomatic gestures emerge in performance practice with new musical instruments. It demonstrates that idiomatic gestures can play an important role in the development of personalized performance practices that can be the basis for the development
of style and expression. Three detailed examples – biocontrollers, accordion-inspired instruments, and a networked intelligent controller – illustrate how a complex suite of factors throughout the design, composition and performance processes can influence the development of idiomatic gestures. We argue that the explicit consideration of idiomatic gestures throughout the life cycle of new instruments can facilitate the emergence of style and give rise to performances that can develop rich layers of meaning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-949373-99-8
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jun 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression - Blacksburg, United States
Duration: 3 Jun 20186 Jun 2018

Publication series

ISSN (Electronic)2220-4806


ConferenceInternational Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression
Abbreviated titleNIME
CountryUnited States
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  • NIME
  • idiomatic gestures
  • gesture vocabulary
  • NIME performance

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